Thursday, July 8, 2010

30A vs 30C

There’s nothing like knocking a couple of bare wires together to discover that your entire apartment runs on a single 30-amp fuse in the basement of the corner variety store downstairs, which closes at 11:00, and that short of replacing that fuse with a penny or something, you’d be pushing your luck every time you turned on that air conditioner you were planning to buy, stuck in the dark by the tiniest window in the still stifling air with nothing to do but to suffer through a long summer day’s worth of heat seeping slowly through the flat, tar roof.
House At Dusk, 1935, Edward Hopper

14 comments:

  1. If it's very hot, I think I would risk the penny!

    Great job

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  2. Hahaha, Gail. Nice description! I'm weary of old wiring though. I live in a '60s house, myself. But it's brick solid. Still....

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  3. My dad used to use tin foil! LOL
    Nice interpretation, fun read!

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  4. Very clever take on the prompt. i wonder if he risked it in the end.

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  5. and i think this is supposed to be Virginia, so that air conditioner is sooooo necessary in the summer.

    neither good nor bad


    verification makes it really hard to comment. you'd get more comments if you turned it off. i had to do this several times to get it to work.

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  6. omg...that would be terrible....hope they catch a breeze at least....

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  7. Of course the fuse box is in the closed variety store. It's my life!! Convenience? Ha! Sorry you had to suffer through that. Thank you for sharing this unfortunate, cautionary tale, Roy.

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  8. That sentence is packed to the gills...is it hot in here?

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  9. Love the unique way you went with this Roy!

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